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Building a social housing legacy for the future

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Jim Green Feb. 24 - Building a Social Housing Legacy for the Future is the title of tomorrow's (Thursday) Jim Green Memorial Lecture.

The lecture is being held at the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings St.) and starts at 7 p.m.

Jim Green's personal legacy of nearly 1,000 social and affordable housing units in the city's Downtown Eastside stands as an enduring challenge to today's housing advocates. How does Green's record look from the perspective of those who live in the buildings he was involved in developing? How important was his philosophy of affordable housing, with planning led and directed by future residents? And what lessons do today's housing activists need to pursue to make similar gains today?

This forum, organized by Councillor Geoff Meggs, will include a panel discussion with diverse voices on how Vancouver can achieve affordability and social housing objectives in the years to come.

The panel is hosted by Vancouver City Councillor Geoff Meggs and includes Margot Young, UBC Law professor involved in the Housing Justice Research Project, Michael Shapcott (via Skype), active internationally with the Habitat International Coalition and co-author, with Jack Layton, of Homelessness: The Making and Unmaking of a Crisis, and Celine Mauboules, Housing Policy Planner, City of Vancouver.

For more information or to RSVP for the lecture, visit the SFU Woodward's website.